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If you use #GMail, #Google keeps records of everything you buy, even if you delete the email receipt, and even if you didn't buy the product from them. Here's metadata from my takeout showing price, delivery address, description, vendor, etc. #privacy

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First Microsoft 'saving us' with a plan to build an Azure zone in NZ and now Amazon... stuff.co.nz/business/126468116 massive Digital Corporate Colonialism incoming.

@kyle let's not forget, we can also thank Microsoft foisting HTML in email upon us all. Now *that* was a bad idea.

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Welcome to #WalledCulture - walledculture.org/welcome-to-w "it lives..." my first post - of many, I hope - about the dysfunctional system we call #copyright, what's wrong, and how to fix it...

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The only melancholy aspect of that ride is seeing all the beautiful vista and wide open expanses being filled by private houses (with fences to spoil access and the view)... ah well, just have to ride even higher, I guess... 😓

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Today's lunch hour #rideupahill... Nice springtime outlook over the Canterbury plains towards the Southern Alps and out over Christchurch city towards Pegasus Bay and the Kaikouras in the distance (about 200km away)...

(and FOSS = Free and Open Source Software - like this Mastodon system you're reading this post on.)

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FOSS creates huge opportunities for indigenous communities around the world to ensure the technology they use reflects their unique and precious cultures. Software is a personal and cultural sovereignty issue and deserves a global uprising - in the form of people who desire to learn. We need a new 'enlightenment' with true, deep digital literacy as the goal if we want to achieve a true balance of power. Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple and others like them are just digital colonials.

@strypey the fact that you present a benevolent and thoughtful vision for digital technology is the point, for the same reason that tech innovation often seems to be inspired by science fiction: it's impossible to aim for a result if you don't have a compelling mental image. I think your vision, and you expounding it publicly, is a crucial part of achieving it.

Oops - need to proofread - we're facilitating "an online course in how to build Open Educational Resources (OERs)"... forgot to include that little detail.

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The CPU averages around 0.5% and the memory is consistently at 10%, which suggests that the per-learner memory component is negligible... and it's mostly fixed memory use requirements, so the capacity could be more like 100x or 100k learners. The load average for the server peaks below 0.4 and averages somewhere close to 0.05... so it's hardly doing anything. It suggests that we're vastly overspec'd :) 😂

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Wow. The course the OER Foundation is currently facilitating for 1200ish educators concentrated in the South Pacific, is running on a USD50/month Digital Ocean droplet. The initiation of the course, when you'd expect max resource hit is showing ~ 10% *peak* (CPU & Memory) resource use on that system. That suggests our infrastructure could easily handle 10x more learners or 10k learners. So that suggests a per learner cost of USD0.005/month. I'd say that's pretty cost-effective.

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NZ Covid hard lockdown, day 12 activity... Dogs demonstrate that it's entirely possible to be noble... without being dignified...

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And, with that, I have new (upgraded) gimbals. I note, too, that there's a new #FOSS OpenTX firmware update and a new version of the (Qt-based) "companion" app.

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This past weekend in the Financial Times, Kim Stanley Robinson ponders the nature of the current climate emergency, trying to capture the "structure of the feeling" of our current moment.

ft.com/content/ff94df96-b702-4

In 2020, Robinson published an astonishingly good, optimistic and furious novel about the climate emergency, "The Ministry For the Future," whose goal was imagining what that "structure" feel like if we actually averted the end of civilization.

pluralistic.net/2020/12/03/min

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@Blort @PINE64 just received my PineTime watch in the post yesterday. Got it all going and connected to my phone (LineageOS + Gadgetbridge). Heart missed a beat this morning when I, unthinking, wore it in the shower and the screen went all funny. Restarted it and it seems fine again. Lovely watch, like that it's form-over-function - no unnecessary (frivolous) "styling".

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Wow. Someone got #BadApple, a 3.5 minute+ music video, to play in it's entirety on the @PINE64 #PineTime #FOSS smart watch.

This device has a total of 64kb of RAM.

Y'all are crazy!

odysee.com/@TT-392:b/bad-apple

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